Postdoctoral Fellow in Semantic Web
NICHE Research Group, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University - Halifax, NS

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Two postdoctoral positions are available at the NICHE Research Group, Faculty of Computer Science for conducting research in the areas of semantic web with an applied focus in healthcare. In broad terms, the research program will cover semantic web research for knowledge modeling, decision support and data analytics. The research program is driven by a major (5-year) industry-funded project that involves the development and deployment of computerized decision support systems for the management of cardiovascular diseases. Semantic web research will be conducted to achieve (a) the modeling and execution of paper-based clinical guidelines, and (b) the modeling of institution-specific clinical processes to design and execute computerized clinical workflows. The decision support systems will be deployed for clinical use in healthcare institutions across the province and their efficacy will be evaluated through an major clinical trial.

The research program offers excellent opportunities for pursuing innovative and practical interdisciplinary research at the cross-section of semantic web, health informatics, knowledge management and data analytics; with additional exposure to services oriented architectures, mobile computing and cloud computing. This is a collaborative research project with other partners including researchers/practitioners from the domains of health (cardiology, research methods, health systems, health education), health informatics and computer science. We are assembling a large team that will comprise researchers, post-docs, research assistants and graduate students (PhD and Masters).

Applicants are required to hold a recently completed PhD degree in Computer Science/Health Informatics. The applicant needs to demonstrate expertise to conduct both theoretical and applied research in the areas of: semantic web, data analytics, health knowledge management. In addition, the candidate will be required to take part in application development activities and is required to demonstrate both interest and experience in application development using Java technologies, data analytics tools and semantic web tools. The applicant needs to demonstrate research experience through high-quality publications in the areas related to the project, where experience of work in the domain healthcare is a significant bonus.
Interested candidates are requested to send an application by e-mail to Dr. Raza Abidi and Dr. Samina Abidi. The application should consist of a curriculum vitae, letter of intent describing research interests and future research plans, and the names with contact information for 3 referees (they will be contacted after the applicant has been interviewed). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position initially will be for one-year with the possibility for renewal (for an additional 3 years). The position is available from Feb 15 2013, although start time is somewhat flexible. The application process is now open and will conclude with the hiring of the post-docs.

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi
Professor of Computer Science
Director of Health Informatics
Director, NICHE Research Group
Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada


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